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Break Barriers Together — Getting Resistant Staff on Board

You get excited about a change initiative.  You know it’s going to make a big difference with student engagement and learning.  You can’t wait to begin! But then, when you roll out the idea, teachers have lots of questions.  They don’t seem as enthusiastic as you thought they would be.  They’re worried about this and that and the other.  You …

Teachers sitting under a tree with a small group of children having a lesson outdoors.

School Culture that Sucks the Life Out of Learning

In my work with school leaders, I routinely ask them what impact they want to have on their school system.  They frequently say things like this: I want staff to: Feel empowered Not be afraid to take risks Create a collaborative environment Take pride in their work In other words, they want to develop a positive, supportive, collaborative culture. But …

Building Relationships for Stronger Schools

When most people think about schools, they picture a building with kids, teachers, and in some cases, sports. They don’t think much about the less obvious things that determine how staff, students, parents, and local businesses see the school. In reality, the success of the school depends on relationships of many kinds. There are, of course, relationships between teachers and …

Delicate Balance - Humility in Leadership

Humility and Leadership — a Delicate Balance

As a school principal or administrator you answer to a lot of people. There are constant demands and high expectations. The school board, parent teacher associations, community organizations, and teachers all need your help and input. If you’re not careful you can potentially damage relationships with key stakeholders you need in order to help you bring about the changes desired …